Breathing Not Required.
Michele Martin Bossley.
Toronto: James Lorimer & Company ("Sports" series), 1995. 84pp, paper,
ISBN 1-55028-474-6. CIP.
Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 9 - 11.
Review by Donna J. Adrian.
A fun, fact-filled novel of synchronized swimming,
friendship, jealousy, and family relations.
In losing her bid to become the team's solo performer in
competition to newcomer Christy, whom she dislikes, eleven-year-old
Gracie's competitive spirit spoils her relationship
with her best friend and duo partner, Laura, who wants to
swim only for fun. While preparing for a competition, and in
the classroom, the three girls' relationships and problems
are typically teen; and they are satisfactorily resolved during a
A good read. The plot moves quickly. The action at the pool, at
home, and at school is believable, as are the relationships
among the three girls.
The novel shows the need for discipline, endurance, good
sportsmanship, and the importance of team work and
cooperation for success in athletic endeavour.
A good sports novel for girls, and with the Summer Olympics
approaching it should be popular.
Donna J. Adrian is a Library Coordinator for the Laurenval School
Board in Quebec.
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